Friday, July 4, 2008

Gosh, I love America!

A few times, I've linked to the old blog for my comedy troupe, for which I was the primary writer. Recently, the web site became inaccessible, but luckily I can still access the original posts. To preserve them, I'm going to occasionally put them up on here. In my oh-so-humble opinion, most of them are pretty good; they ought to be considering how much time I spent on them. I seriously spent, on average, about two hours on each of the two dozen or so posts on that blog. There isn't two hours worth of enjoyment in each one, but they are a little entertaining.

To start things off, here's my first-ever foray into the world of blogging (not counting a brief introductory post). I figured that would be a good one to rerun first, especially since it mentions Stadium of Fire, which is happening tonight. Happy Independence Day, everybody!

While driving from Salt Lake to Provo on Saturday, I was passed on the freeway by a Hummer limo. I figure the chances were pretty good that inside was Taylor Hicks, the American Idol, on his way to perform at Stadium of Fire.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm an Idol fan. I hate Ryan Seacrest, I find the judges' comments predictable and lacking substance, and a lot of the performances are boring. But there's something strangely addicting about the drama, plus they have those ridiculous Ford music videos that the contestants will regret for the rest of their careers.

In LOL, we have an American Idol-style game that we dust off once in a while. The last time we did it in a show, Courtney was playing a Simon Cowell-type judge, and after one of the "contestants" finished their song, Courtney offered the following critique: "I'd rather play leapfrog with a unicorn than listen to you sing again." Hilarious. It was my second-favorite Courtney moment ever in a show (#1 deserves its own post at some point).

I bring all this up because...several friends and family members have been calling me Taylor lately, because I bear a resemblance to the leader of the Soul Patrol. That's fine with me, since People magazine, that bastion of journalism, recently called him America's hottest bachelor. When I was in high school, a lot of people would tell me I looked like George Clooney; as I got fatter, it was more like, "Hey, you look like Jay Leno"! It's good to have a doppelganger closer to my age for a change, even if he does have gray hair.

Most people I know remind me of someone else, famous or otherwise. Sometimes it's because of their looks, sometimes it's their personality, and sometimes I have no idea what triggers the comparisons. Probably the weirdest one: whenever I see Reese Witherspoon, I'm somehow reminded of Robin Givens, the actress from "Head of the Class" (ask your older siblings) who was married to Mike Tyson.

That being said, of course some of my fellow LOL-ers make me think of other people. Here's some that remind me of celebrities, for various reasons (you can probably find pictures of them somewhere on the website and see how crazy I am):

Allan--Conan O'Brien

Kenny--Seth Meyers (the guy on SNL who played John Kerry)

Lauren--Natalie Portman

Mark Bohn (LOL alum)--Ashton Kutcher

Erica--Winona Ryder

Jared--the elf/dentist from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

Andrew--Brad Pitt (but that was a no-brainer)

So, when you see us on stage, who do we remind you of? Or are our shows so engrossing that your minds have no chance to stray? Let us know.

Soul Patrol!

1 comment:

Kristina said...

That's a funny one. A lot of your LOL/famous people comparisons are spot on! Pretty cool!